Prunus cerasus, a beautiful garden fruit tree

The Prunus cerasus is one of those fruit trees that, in addition to being very useful to humans, is very decorative . In spring it is covered with beautiful white flowers, even before the leaves appear, which gives the garden an incredible appearance.

Do you want to know more about him? If so, feel free to continue reading 🙂 .


  • 1 What are the characteristics of Prunus cerasus?
  • 2 How do you take care of yourself?

What are the characteristics of Prunus cerasus?

Prunus cerasus tree

Our protagonist is a deciduous fruit tree (it loses its leaves in autumn-winter) probably originating in Asia. It is known by the common names cherry, sour cherries, sour cherry, sour cherry and cherry cherry. It grows to a height of between 4 and 10 meters, with oval or elliptical leaves 3.5 to 7.5cm long.

Its fruits are dark red berries that can be called cherries if they have a stem, sour cherries if they contain a low amount of sugar, picotas , which are sold without the stem, or sour cherries if they are rough.

How is it taken care of?

Prunus cerasus leaves

If you would like to have one or several copies, here is your care guide:

  • Location : outside, in full sun. As it does not have invasive roots, it can be placed near (at a distance of one meter) pipes or soil without problems.
  • Soil : it is important that it has good drainage , that it is fresh and rich in organic matter.
  • Watering : frequent, especially in summer. It is recommended to water three or four times a week during the hottest months, and slightly less (one-two times a week) the rest of the year.
  • Fertilizer : from spring to the end of summer, it should be fertilized with organic fertilizers, such as chicken manure (letting it dry for a week in the sun beforehand), or goat manure.
  • Planting or transplanting time : in spring.
  • Multiplication : by stratifying its seeds in autumn-winter, by cuttings in spring and by air layering in spring-summer.
  • Hardiness : it withstands cold and frost well down to -10ºC.
Prunus cerasus, a beautiful garden fruit tree

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